Goodbye, la dolce vita! As the who’s who of the sartorial world touch down in the next fashion capital, we celebrate another curtain closed. The last leg of Fashion Month kicked off in Paris yesterday with the much anticipated (and incredibly stunning) shows from Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, but Savoir Flair is still pining over the pieces that Milan’s Spring/Summer 2018 runways presented.
Now that September is three quarters of the way through, the biggest trends seen across New York, London, and Milan are starting to take shape. Summer sequins, bold yellow, and plastic fabrics are cropping up time and time again, so don’t be surprised if these steal the show in next week’s roundup of Paris, too. That being said, the Italian fashion houses still brought some newness to the table, including a color wheel of pastels, all things rainbow, and florals – but not as you know them.
Clearly, Milan remains the city that presents collections – admittedly varied and in some part plain crazy – with fun at the heart of them, as you’ll see in the trends roundup below. And if you’re still looking for fashion that makes you smile, turn to Savoir Flair’s reviews of the Gucci, Prada, and Versace SS18 shows.
Ice Cream Colors
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!
From sweet lavender to creamy pistachio, the MFW runways were filled with gelato – and not the calorific kind. Bold hues are out, and pale tones are in, as demonstrated by Alberta Ferretti’s metallic pastel co-ords and Versace’s color-blocked baby blue look.
Dare to bare – a lot.
The transparency trend seemed to take over almost every show in Milan. Tulle skirts took the number one spot in terms of must-have pieces, especially when done in simple black. Dolce & Gabbana didn’t hold back on the sheer, and neither did Fendi.
Taste the Rainbow
Red. And yellow. And pink. And green.
Why wear one color when you can wear them all – and all at once! Sending our eyes into a hypnotic state was the kaleidoscopic array of rainbow colors, patterns, and prints seen this week. Of course, Missoni is renowned for doing this best, and the knitted multicolored yarns at the SS18 show didn’t disappoint.
Brown and Out
Warning: This is not a test.
You read that right. Brown is a color that has even the chicest of style icons quaking in their boots, but it’s true. It is in for spring. The most popular hue at almost every collection that graced the MFW runways, mocha was seen across cocktail dresses, suiting, jumpsuits, and coats. You have Tod’s, Max Mara, and Fendi to thank for this one.
Bold bouquets, totally reimagined.
The floral trend for spring is like sunshine in the UAE – it’s a given. But this time, blooms are taking on completely new forms. Large, abstract line drawings covered fine fabrics at Giorgio Armani, while inky watercolor shapes took center stage at Marni. Most noteworthy, however, were the three-dimensional bouquets at the Moschino show that saw Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber literally emerging from cellophane-wrapped flowers. We’re saving this look for our next costume party, rather than our weekday wardrobe.